Monday, July 4, 2022

Commentary

My heart sunk to a familiar level of despair that I had not experienced for some time when I learned that Memphis-Shelby County Schools was going to “Fresh Start” two of its high schools and require all their teachers...
by Jeffrey T. Higgs -- As crime and the perception of crime explodes around our city, I am drawn to facts and theories I have developed over the years regarding crime, its causes and how best to reduce it. Contrary to...
It is impossible these days to turn on your television and not see or hear about people being assaulted, robbed or, worse, murdered in our community. Crime is clearly on the rise in Memphis and other urban communities throughout our...
by Art Gilliam -- WLOK Radio celebrated its 45th anniversary of Black ownership on Feb.17. In 1977, 1340 WLOK-AM became the first Black-owned radio station in Memphis. In 2017 WLOK added an FM affiliate at 104.9 FM, which WLOK promotes as...
by Dr. Glenda Glover --  Steeped in far more than historical significance, the confirmation of a Black woman to the highest court of the land would represent yet another significant step in America fulfilling its promise to African Americans who...
First, I am not one to be overly critical of our school system. I try to reflect on most things from a positive perspective. I have watched all of the last three of Supt. Dr. Joris M. Ray’s State...
by Curtis Weathers -- As a former school administrator, I remember quite well the stress and anxiety I experienced when teachers had to go out on extended leave. Sometimes we were fortunate to have a few quality substitute teachers waiting...
by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- Even before Coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League claiming the league discriminated against Black coaches in their hiring practices, it was pretty clear that professional football has...
by Dr. Victor Sutton -- Accustomed to being last, Mississippi is rewriting its health narrative and has emerged as a national leader in health equity.  Recently, Mississippi was recognized as 1 of only 10 states where Black residents have a higher...
by Curtis Weathers -- Last week Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivered his State of the State address and education funding arguably was the highlight of his remarks.  He laid out the priorities of his 2022 state budget that included: $750 million...